Apple Season

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While everyone else goes crazy over everything ‘pumpkin’ during the fall, I on the other hand can’t help but get excited over apple season. That means apple cider, apple crumble, caramel apples, and my personal favorite, apple pie. It’s been a family tradition for years in my house to pile into the car on a nice fall day and drive down to Red Barn Farm where they have a ‘U-Pick apples’ option so you get to go straight out to the orchard and pull them off the trees yourself. And afterwards we always treat ourselves to a warm cup of freshly made cider, because it’s all homemade right there on the property so it doesn’t get any more fresh than that.

Unfortunately, living right in the heart of Los Angeles, fall doesn’t quite exist in the same way it does in other places where seasons actually change. And even if they did, in this urban environment it would be impossible to allot 10 acres of space for something like an apple orchard, as I’ve grown accustomed to in the Midwest. So if I wanted to continue this tradition I would have to drive at least an hour into the more secluded parts of California in order to do so.

Luckily though, last weekend I got a break from my big city life and had the pleasure of flying back to my hometown, Kansas City, to go apple picking at a new place this year with someone quite special to me (who also kindly took the photos of me from above!). He took me on a date to Cider Hill Farms where we took a tractor ride out into the sweet-smelling apple orchards then filled a whole bag, about ten pounds worth, with all the apples of our choosing. And since we were picking our own, that also meant we got to snack on a few while we worked as well!

Since the weather was a lot hotter than usual for Kansas City during September, that meant I also got to try a new apple creation during our adventure: an apple slushy! It was just as delicious as it sounds and hit the spot on that exceptionally warm afternoon. Sadly, despite it being so warm out, they still ran out of warm cider, so I I unfortunately have to wait until next year to indulge in that again. Or I could cave in and buy some store bought cider…but the homemade kind of course is always better.

Overall, I give the experience 4.5/5 stars (As I’m still sad about the cider). As a creature of habit it was hard to get out of my routine and go somewhere new this year, but I’m definitely glad I did! The family who owned the farm was very friendly and the atmosphere was perfect and relaxing. I recommend everyone take a day this fall to go apple picking with your friends, family, or significant other. It’s easy and cheap (only $8 for all the apples we got to take home with us!) and it’s lots of fun for everyone involved. And afterwards you can take all your pickings home and do one of my other most favorite things, putting the apples to use and baking some tasty treats! Because the sweetest part of the whole experience of course is the gratification you get from eating all your delicious creations.

You can only handpick them once a year, so I encourage everyone to give it a try!

<3 Ash

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Crossed off my list

I think everyone at some point has sat down and made a bucket list for themselves. For me, that point was this past summer when I realized that I’m 19 years young and healthy and able and have plenty of life ahead of me to accomplish pretty much anything I set my mind to.

All of the things I wrote down were thoughts that at one point or another had crossed through my mind; a moment where I said: “Wow, I would love to do that!” or “Someday I have to go there!” And of those thoughts, the ones that were always in the back of my mind, the ones that grew to the point where I knew I had no choice but to fulfill it or I would forever spend the rest of my life wishing I had, those are the ones that made it onto the list. To write them down and visibly see all of my aspirations scrawled out on the page in front of me somehow made them all more real; as if by acknowledging that they’re all there made it seem more promising to complete them all.

Recently, because of personal circumstances, I’ve felt very compelled to take advantage of the time I am given right now. To not put things off, but instead to do them right this very instant. Especially in today’s world, it seems that too often we let money or time or fear stand in the way of our dreams. That our “realistic” view of life makes our biggest dreams seem unattainable, and that we as people appear unreasonable for even thinking that they are possible in the first place. The thing is, life will always be busy and stressful and hectic and full of problems and excuses that stand in the way of us doing what we really want to. So if you put something off today, the odds are something else will come up tomorrow, or the next day, and so on. And before you know it you’ll have missed out on a great opportunity. But realistically, there is never a better time than right now to start doing something that you love! Because at the end of your life, you’ll only regret the things you didn’t do, not the things you did. So I encourage everyone to get out of their comfort zone this week, to try something new that both excites and terrifies you! Start with something little; order something new at your favorite restaurant. Then work your way up to bigger things, like overcoming your fear of heights and going on your very first rollercoaster!

Choose today to start taking chances, to start living more fully, to cross something off your bucket list.

And so, I present to you all my very own bucket list, proudly announcing that my goal to create a blog can officially be marked off!

My Bucket List 

Start my own blog

See the Northern Lights

Attend the Lantern festival (in Thailand or Nevada)

Go parasailing

Take a ride in a helicopter

Go Skydiving

Try surfing

Visit all 50 states *I’ve already been to 13!

Travel the world

Go to Disneyland

Scuba dive in the Great Barrier Reef

Ride the tallest waterslide in the country

Go Zip lining

Tip a server 100% at a restaurant

Go Bungee jumping

Stargaze somewhere very secluded

Run/walk a marathon

Fly first class

Go cliff jumping

Watch a sunrise

Watch a sunset

Explore caves in Mexico

Learn to ballroom dance

Dance at a fancy ball

Ride an elephant

Become fluent in 4 other languages

Go skiing

Take a ride in a hot air balloon

Buy food for a stranger

Publish a book

Learn to play the piano

Go on a cross-country road trip

Try rock-climbing

Get married to the man of my dreams

Take a backpacking trip

See the cherry blossom festival in DC

Finish 10 more paintings

Take a spontaneous trip with no prior planning

Fly a kite on the beach

I hope you all enjoyed it and will hopefully feel inspired to make your own! And if you already have your own bucket list, I’d love to hear about what you put on yours and if you’ve crossed anything off recently too!

<3 Ash

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